I hate having to use an airbrush with a passion ... all the reasons Harry gave back a page. I have a good Iwata but only use it when I have to do a color I can't get in a can. I do a lot of the cars I've owned so it's a lot of airbrushing original paint. I also have a permanent aitbrush station in the basement, so setting up is no problem.
Rattle Cans - who still uses them?
Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:13 PM
So I tend to get lazy and just grab a spray can. Shake and spray... no thinning, no cleanup afterwards.
Then would you say... (ahem)... no runs, no drips, no errors?
Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:18 PM
I use both, but have been using the air brush a lot more since setting up a booth. I have seen great paint jobs using both, so I guess it come down to what you choose to use.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:40 PM
I use booth as well. A lot of my stuff is large so the spray cans work best mainly as a convenience, I have a touch up gun still in the box. I really like the air brush for smaller stuff and interior tubs and pickup beds, hard spray into the corners and not over paint the rest. I do have a booth and air set up permanently.
As for clean-up on the AB, I have a few of the Aztec guns that use the plastic nozzle so there is no needle. All I do is spray thinner through it and call it clean. The nozzle probably doesn't last as long as it should but at about ten dollars for a new one and the gun is as good as new.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:44 PM
I still use them because I haven't had the chance to get my airbrush fired up yet. I still do a lot of brush painting.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:13 PM
I use only rattle-cans. The main reason is that I live in an apartment, and my "spray booth" is the outdoor 6 x 8 balcony so an airbrush isn't really an option for me.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:25 PM
I use both spray cans and airbrushes, and have a somewhat large arsenal of paint both in cans and bottles. Just depends on what I'm painting and what color/finish I'm after as to which I use.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:29 PM
While I have two air-brushes and a compressor, I haven't used them in 12 years or so. I use "rattlecans" and get good results with them. Just "shake & spray."
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:30 PM
I use Spray cans and never had any problems, so I'll stick with them
Like a lot of guys have said, stick with the basic rules, warm the can, mist coats etc and I go that one step further using the Tamiya polishing compounds for a nice finish
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:35 PM
Although, I am intrigued by Donn Yost`s method and would like to give it a try.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:42 PM
I use both. The convenience of a spray can is great, and modern paints work well in them. I really like Tamiya and the Testors one coat lacquers. But there are times when you want to blend colors, Can't find what you want, or you just have to cover a LOT of area. and buying 5 spray cans just doesn't seem financially responsible.
I agree that cleaning an airbrush is a pain. It's better if you have lacquer thinner, Q-tips and pipe cleaners. I'm looking forward to the time when I can have a spray booth.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:46 PM
I own two or three air brushes that were given to me as presents or door prizes. I also have a nice small compressor. Can't remember the last time I used them. Haven't even dragged them out in the new house and I've been here three years!
I spray everything. I use a mix of hardware store paints, hobby paints and Duplicolor automotive paints. I don't brush paint anything. I will take small parts and mount them a variety of ways to spray them. And when I find the need to brush paint anything, either a touch up or painting details, I spray paint into a small cup. I don't use the little Testors bottles.
I don't do much in the way of shiny paint jobs, but when I do, Duplicolor sprays work just fine for me!
Edited by Tom Geiger, 03 June 2013 - 02:48 PM.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:03 PM
I still rattle can, have an airbrush but I have so many rattle cans that I've never even used that I can't justify decanting all that paint, and I hate cleaning the AB.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:34 PM
For a cheap spray booth for the financially/space limited, try a banker's or 10-ream paper box.
That's what I have to use for now. Once I have a job and can get moved, a good booth is on the list, but this'll do for now.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:38 PM
I have 2 airbrushes one has never been used, but i much prefer rattle cans hands down
Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:42 PM
I use both and have about 10 AB'S all different brands. With spray cans getting up around $10, and some specialty stuff I like at $15+ the AB is beginning to look like a good deal.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 06:55 PM
Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:03 PM
For an inexpensive trial . . . check out Harbor Freight. They have cheap but not junk airbrushes all the time, and occasionally put them on sale for even cheaper! They are simple single action bottle-feed units, but they'll allow you to learn the process and the feel of airbrushing.
They are fine for basic painting, especially workman-type stuff - chassis, engines, interiors, priming, the basics. They'll do fine for starter body painting practice. As you get a feel for the airbrushing process, you'll want to graduate to better quality ... but the Harbor Freight cheapies are great to keep around for the quick, basic stuff.
Just my 2-cents.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:56 PM
I still use the can, but Danno is right, I have been thinking of the Harbor Freight AB for awhile just haven't got over there to pick one up I do have some other tools that have come from there and they all have worked fine for me, and they have some mighty cheap prices. I checked the price, and I'm sure the price will be different depending on where you are but I'm in NC and the deluxe model which is a dual action is 22 bucks the single action is 9 bucks. I read some of the reviews and the tool actually got some very good ones. So anyway that's my .00005 cents worth!
Posted 04 June 2013 - 12:24 AM
I have been using rattle cans since i started modeling way in 2002. Been using them ever since. Will eventually buy an airbrush but wanted to know if there are others who still uses them?
WAY IN 2002?
I have spray cans that old!